It’s an exciting time for vegan food. There’s a popular saying in the vegan community: “Anything you can eat, I can eat vegan.” It’s a favorite of mine because living vegan doesn’t mean giving up on all the foods that you’ve grown to love, it means replacing old favorites with new ones.
One of the best things about deciding to live vegan is experimenting with new foods and recipes that play around with both taste and texture. The rise of veganism has also meant the rise of creative and delicious vegan recipes not just from experienced chefs, but also home chefs. Which is great news for vegans like me who likes to taste all the latest food trends.
In choosing which recipes to share, I picked two categories to share from — meat and cheese — because these categories have seen big changes in tastes and cooking techniques over the past few years. Here are a few recipes to get excited about that really show the versatility of modern-day vegan cuisine.
Plant-Powered Meat-less Meats
There is a misconception that those who go vegan do so because they don’t enjoy the taste of meat. This is untrue, some vegans do enjoy the taste of the foods they ate prior to living vegan. Luckily, there are a plethora of meatless innovations growing in availability and popularity and finding something to suit your tastebuds couldn’t be easier.
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I also have good news for vegan home chefs—there’s plenty of recipes to tempt your taste buds. From burgers to franks, to sausages and even seafood, there’s a recipe that can mimic the familiar tastes and textures of former non-vegan favorites. Here are a few to try, all vegan and made with whole-food ingredients.
Rice Paper Bacon from Yup, It’s Vegan
Recipes to Try:
- Vegan Scallops with Pea Puree
- Crispy Popeye’s-Style Fried “Chicken”
- Vegan Italian Sausage
- Spicy Vegan Breakfast Sausage
- Spicy Fried Cauliflower Chicken
- Hearts of Palm Crab Cakes
Homemade Dairy-Free Cheeses
Vegan cheese has come a long way in the nearly thirteen years that I’ve been vegan. In the early days, there weren’t many options for vegans who wanted a replacement for cheese and the ones that were available weren’t all that great.
Thankfully, that’s a thing of the past. These days it’s possible to find a wide selection of dairy-free cheeses at large, well-stocked grocery stores. But vegan cheese innovation isn’t just popping up at local markets; it’s showing up in kitchens everywhere.
Related Reading: 12 Vegan Cheeses to Make at Home
Experienced and home chefs alike have created innovative recipes that can be made at home for cheese that is not only tasty but can shred and melt just like dairy-based cheeses, but without animal-based ingredients. Break out the cheese plate vegan friends, you have plenty of options now.
Garlic Herb Vegan Cheese from Minimalist Baker
Recipes to Try:
- Melty, Stretchy, Gooey Vegan Mozzarella
- Amazing American-Style Cheese Sauce
- Smoked Cashew Cheese Wheel
- Aged Camembert Cheese
- Paprika-Spiced Vegan Cheese
- Walnut-Miso Vegan Cheese
Do you have a favorite vegan recipe that you love to make? Share them in the comments!
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